Sun, Sun, Sun
I cannot remember a time when we departed on a cruise with a weather forecast quite as good as the one we had when we left for Southwold.
The fleet of 14 boats gathered at Berney Arms on the morning of Friday 4th May for Skippers Briefing and introductions. We left Great Yarmouth on an 1100hrs Haven Bridge lift in bright sunshine. The southerly F 3-4 wind was creating a bit of chop but with no real malice in it, the fleet really enjoyed the 17 mile run to Southwold. We entered the Harbour and rafted the fleet together on the visitors moorings conveniently situated outside the Harbour Inn Public House. At 1630hrs the crews met on Evita for a convivial drinks party before splitting up into smaller groups to eat and socialise.
Saturday was spent enjoying Southwold and the sunshine in a very friendly and relaxed atmosphere. On Sunday afternoon we set sail again bound for Lowestoft and the Royal Norfolk & Suffolk Yacht Club. The sea state was flat calm and we really enjoyed the run.
The RN&SYC had laid on a super carvery roast for the 40 something people in our group in their Historic dining room. Then for a night cap (or two) in the bar before retiring.
We had a leisurely start on Monday morning with breakfast served in the club before our 1200 noon departure. Once again the sea state was delightful and the sun was warm. We arrived back onto the Broads on a 1315hrs Haven Bridge lift and said our goodbyes.
A very memorable and pleasurable weekend in good company.